If you're craving fresh sashimi-grade poke and you don't want to venture far from the Kapahulu Avenue eating area, I suggest heading over to Fort Ruger Market for poke made right before your eyes with fish purchased from the fish auction that morning. This hole-in-the-wall market is located just blocks away from Kapiolani Community College on the slopes of Diamond Head.
Inside just seems to be another small market/liquor store, but to your left sits Fort Ruger's kitchen/deli. Their menu is extensive, offereing plate lunches, poke, and deli items like smoked tako (ocopus), ahi jerky, and pickled maui onions.
But my brother and I didn't come for the plate lunches or the deli items...we came for the POKE! Their selection of poke is all made to order with choices of limu (seaweed), maui onions, shoyu (soy sauce), hawaiian salt, sesame oil, green onions, and more. You also have three choices of poke:
Tako (octopus) $12.00/lb
Ahi Tuna $15.00/lb
Ahi Filet $24.00/lb
We were on a budget, so we only ordered 1/4 lb shoyu ahi poke and 1/4 lb sesame oil ahi poke. What I love most about Fort Ruger is that they don't let the poke sit with it's ingredients but rather mixes the poke as you order. Mixing it fresh allows for the fish to maintain it's integrity and not be overshadowed by the strength of the added ingredients.
Fort Ruger Market makes excellent poke. I appreciate their huge chunks of ahi allowing for chewing time to enjoy the texture of their fresh ahi. Their sesame oil poke was ok. I wish we asked for a little Hawaiian salt or some shichimi togarashi for a little kick.
Their shoyu poke, on the other hand, was simply perfect. The lady making my poke said that the shoyu poke is the market's most popular seller. That was dang good.
Big hits at Fort Ruger Market: Poke and boiled peanuts
Fort Ruger Market
3585 Alohea Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
M-Sat 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sun 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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